Technology needed for carbon footprint measurement, study says

European businesses will struggle to meet government targets for reducing carbon footprints because they have no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment, according to a study by Coleman Parkes.

European businesses will struggle to meet government targets for reducing carbon footprints because they have no easy and consistent way of measuring their impact on the environment, according to a study by Coleman Parkes.

The study, commissioned by LogicaCMG, found that 92% of 200 companies surveyed across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden said they lacked the technology required to improve energy efficiency.

The survey found that 74% said they had no way to measure their impact on the environment, and 72% said they would welcome a technology that helped them manage and monitor non-compliance risks.

"The EU and national governments have signed up to hitting certain carbon dioxide emissions targets, but with 74% of European companies not even sure how to measure their current impact, there is some way to go before business and government is joined up," said Ian Parkes, director at Coleman Parkes.

He said offering organisations technology to help them achieve their aims was one key way of ensuring that carbon targets were met.

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